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Knight trapped? Rescue it with adjacent pawn.
Compiled by notyetagm
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Your knight is trapped. What do you do?

Push a pawn on one of the adjacent files until it is a knight move away from the trapped knight. Then the trapped knight can be rescued by either recapturing on that square (Game 1 Polgar's 21 - Nxb3) or by using the outpost created by this pawn push (Game 2 Adams' 35 - Nc3).

Or push a pawn on one of the adjacent files all the way up the board until it defends the trapped knight directly, making the square that it is trapped on into an outpost (Game 3 Asrian's 38 c6).

Black a1-knight trapped? 20 - b3! 21 axb3 Nxb3
Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 29 moves, 0-1

Black a2-knight trapped? 32 - b5, 34 - b4, 35 - Nc3
A G Aleksandrov vs Adams, 2002 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

White d7-knight trapped? 36 c4, 37 c5, 38 c6 defends it
K Asrian vs A Pashikian, 2006 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

30 d4-d5, 31 d5-d6+ rescue the trapped offside White c7-knight
B Kostic vs H Wolf, 1922 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 80 moves, 1-0

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